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Perseids Meteor Shower 2013: The Perseid is Expected around 12th August 2013

The Perseid activity in 2013 is predicted during the night of the 12th August 2013. A prolific meteor shower is called The Perseids. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. This should be a great year for the Perseids, because a fat crescent Moon should be setting just when the shower is revving up. The Perseids’ parent comet is 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

A meteor the visible path of a meteoroid that enters Earth’s atmosphere, or colloquially a shooting star or falling star. A meteor shower is a spike in the number of meteors or “shooting stars” that streak through the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface.

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Like the Eta Aquarids in May, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in July favors the Southern Hemisphere and tropical latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. The meteors appear to radiate from near the star Skat or Delta in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer. Perseids are majorly visible in the northern hemisphere because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit although they can also be seen all across the sky. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.

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